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Contact name: Christina Schwabenland 

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Christina Schwabenland is a Reader in Public and Voluntary Sector Management at the University of Bedfordshire. A passionate advocate for ‘bringing humanity back into management’ she worked for over 25 years in non –profit organizations and this has given her firsthand experience of the ways in which organizations can nurture or tyrannize the people working in them. Seeing both the best and the worst of management is a strong motivator! She has also researched diversity management within the non-profit sector, and her research interests more generally focus on the capacity of organizations to be a force for social justice. She sees research, teaching and practice as profoundly interconnected activities with each providing opportunities for inculcating humanistic, as opposed to ‘economistic’ values into organizing. 

We are currently developing an active UK chapter of the Humanistic Management Network and plan to launch it with a one day seminar in autumn 2017 for practitioners, researchers, consultants… anyone who is interested! This launch event is likely to focus specifically on building bridges between management education and practice. Are universities teaching the skills that are actually needed in today’s rapidly changing workplaces? Are they incorporating the values that future managers will need? Please do contact me if you would like to be involved in the event or in the network more generally. We hope the chapter will provide a forum for sharing ideas, concerns and practice at a time when geo-political events seem to be making the world a less kind and compassionate place to be. The need to be speaking up for humanistic values seems ever more urgent.

 
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